Chelsea, the reigning Premier League champions, have struggled to achieve their transfer targets so far this summer as they missed out on long term preference Romelu Lukaku – Everton’s contract rebel who opted to reunite with ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Antonio Conte the Chelsea gaffer, has secured only a couple of deals so far – the Blues have brought in former Manchester City custodian Willy Caballero on a Bosman deal and £34 mil rated Germany international centre back Antonio Rudiger from Serie A heavyweights AS Roma.
Chelsea, however, once again failed to keep hold of their starlets this season and five of them so far have completed a permanent move elsewhere. The Blues are highly regarded for nurturing young talents, but failed to rely on them at senior level and most of their prodigies have forced their way out in order to grab regular game-time. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Daniel Sturridge etc have re-established themselves since their departure and highly-rated midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is the latest addition to the list who completed his £5.5 mil move to Premier League counterpart Watford FC ending his 12 years of attachment with the London giants.
Conte has failed to retain the likes of Bertrand Traore, Dominic Solanke, Nathan Ake and Christian Atsu who have already left the Blues earlier this summer. The 22-year old English youth international, who progressed through the youth ranks of Chelsea academy,was supposed to be promoted to their first team after impressing the gaffer during preseason and a loan approach from Sevilla, Napoli and Leicester City was rejected by the ex-Juvenus and Azzurri boss. But he once again struggled to have enough game-time last term and managed only 15 appearances across all competitions, mostly as a substitute.
The youngster previously had his spells with Serie A outfit Napoli along with a number of Championship as well as Premier League outfits like Reading, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and also his current club Watford with whom he enjoyed an extremely successful loan spell during 2012-13 season. He has now returnred to the Hornets after agreeing a five-year deal (that includes a buy-back clause) and is keen to kick-start his progress at Vicarage Road.